within hailing distance

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within hailing distance

 and within calling distance; within shouting distance
close enough to hear someone call out. When the boat came within hailing distance, I asked if I could borrow some gasoline. We weren't within shouting distance, so I couldn't hear what you said to me.
See also: distance, hail, within
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At a time when few mothers worked outside of the home, there was usually a parent within calling distance to bandage a skinned knee or pour Kool-Aid.
As a resident, living in Old St Mellons within calling distance of the church, I enjoy the church bells.
Not one post-1945 New Town comes within calling distance of its Victorian predecessors for that forbidden, expensive quality of beauty.
Perhaps it's an idea of everyone being about - not doing the same thing but being within calling distance, like packs of animals or flocks of birds.
There is an FA Cup tie at home against Coventry City from a division down which, if won, puts United within calling distance of the final, especially if the draw is as kind as it has been so far.
If you are within calling distance, invite her to come and tell stories in the midst of your community.